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Top 10% Deceased Economists, as of April 2017

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This page is part of a larger set of rankings for research items, serial, individuals and institutions made available on this site. A FAQ is available. Additional detail specific to this particular ranking are:

  • Only authors registered with the RePEc Author Service are considered.
  • Only works listed on RePEc and claimed as theirs by registered authors are counted.
  • A series of rankings by different criteria are aggregated. The average rank score is determined by taking a harmonic mean of the ranks in each criterion. For a list of criteria, see the general ranking page.
  • This ranking takes into account those authors that are known to be deceased. Send omissions to Christian Zimmermann. Some may, for example, be among those with whom we have lost email contact.
  • There are 49959 registered authors evaluated for all the rankings.

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399 deceased authors have thus far been identified, about 0.7% of all authors.

1Gary S. Becker †

2Zvi Griliches †

3Clive W. J. Granger †

4Jean-Jacques Laffont †

5Paul A. Samuelson †

6Halbert White †

7Julio J. Rotemberg †

8RĂ¼diger Dornbusch †

9Anthony Barnes Atkinson †

10Sherwin Rosen †

11Stephen A. Ross †

12Jacob A. Mincer †

13Kenneth J. Arrow †

14Milton Friedman †

15James Tobin †

16Dale T. Mortensen †

17Bruce D. Smith †

18George J. Stigler †

19Piet Rietveld †


Top 6%

In alphabetical order
David Backus †, Robert E. Lipsey †, Douglass C. North †, John M. Quigley †,

Top 7%

In alphabetical order
S. Rao Aiyagari †, Herschel I. Grossman †, John McMillan †, Wallace E. Oates †,

Top 8%

In alphabetical order
Carl Chiarella †, Jack Hirshleifer †, Franco Modigliani †, Horst Siebert †,

Top 9%

In alphabetical order
Merton H. Miller †, Reinhard Selten †, Alan C. Stockman †, Arnold Zellner †,

Top 10%

In alphabetical order
James M. Buchanan †, Michael Louis Mussa †, Robert D. Tollison †,

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